Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Friday, December 4, 2015

Reading New England. A 2016 Challenge Hosted by Emerald City Book Review

Signing Up for the First Year of a Fascinating Challenge

During German Literature V last month I discovered a number of new to me book blogs with interesting ideas and great insights.  

I was intrigued to see they are planning to host for 2016 The New England Reading Challenge.  I could see a lot of thought has gone into the planning of the event.  The full particularities are of course in tne host blog but here is the  structure of the challenge (quoted from the host)

Here are the twelve categories, with the months when I’m planning to focus on them here on ECBR (though you may read from any category at any time):

January: New Hampshire
February: Fiction
March: Maine
April: Poetry and Drama
May: Vermont
June: Nonfiction
July: Massachusetts
August: Children’s Books
September: Rhode Island
October: Speculative Fiction and Mystery
November: Connecticut
December: Readalong or free choice

My reading is somewhat directed by the books I can get for free and the many review books I am kindly given.  As of right now I am for sure planning to read Maine Stories by Anne Beattie and The Country of Pointed Firs by Anne Jewett.  I also hope to read something by Henry James.  Yesterday I got a digital review copy of a forthcoming history work about African and Indian slavery in New England, New England Bound by Wendy Warren.  

I am also staking the claim to be the challenge participant who lives furthest from New England, at 13554 KM from Boston.  Much of the literature of New England deals with changes of the season, tne cycles of the year.  We don't have that here, the seasons are wet and dry but always hot.  

Mel u


Suko said...

Enjoy this New England reading challenge, Mel! It hope it will be excellent for you.

Heidi’sbooks said...

I'm from New England originally. I'll have to check it out!

Lory said...

Welcome to the challenge, Mel. It's wonderful that we can visit all kinds of places through reading.

Mel u said...

Suko, yes it looks like fun.

Heidi's books. I will look forward to your posts

Lory. Great idea. I will try to join in for each month. Maine and Massachusetts I have ideas for.